Now that Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has his 2017 roster seemingly set at quarterback, he's focusing more on recruiting for the future.
In 2018 recruiting Lindsey made some early offers at quarterback and has now put Lehi (Utah) signal-caller Camm Cooper among his priority targets in the class.
"I sent my film to coach Lindsey yesterday and then he said he'd take a look at it," Cooper said. "An hour later he started talking to me more and asked me if I still liked ASU or whatever. I said [I did] and then he asked me to call him. So I called him and we were talking for a little and he said he was ready to offer me as soon as the season ended, but he was trying to get things done with Blake and now they got that figured out, he was ready to pull the trigger on me. So he then offered me (a scholarship) and it was really cool."
Cooper, 6-foot-4 1/2, 187 pounds, initially visited ASU in April and subsequently camped with the Sun Devils. Lindsey went to Utah during the spring evaluation period and watched him throw. Cooper has family friends in the Phoenix-area and is likely to visit Tempe again in the spring.
"We kept in touch a little during the season," Cooper said. "Not a lot but it wasn't non-existent. But we talked a fair amount before the season so I felt like we had a pretty good relationship.
"I really liked the campus and it as a good environment around it. The weather is good year-round. They're building new facilities and that should be done in a year or so and their stadium will be done too. So I really like it. I'd like to go back and see their football facility if it's done."
Recruiting picked up a lot for Cooper has a junior. He's up to six scholarship offers, with Boise State, Kansas, Oregon State, Utah State and Weber State the others to have extended the opportunity. Additionally, Cooper said he's hearing from some prominent programs, including Florida State, Nebraska and UCLA.
One of the biggest reasons for Cooper getting more attention is the huge junior season he just concluded. He led Lehi to an 8-4 season, which followed a 3-7 record a year earlier. He threw for 4,059 yards and 38 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, completing 309 of 486 pass attempts.
"It actually went really good," he said. "My high school team struggled in the past. We made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and then we lost in the quarterfinals to a team that won the title (Bingham). "I had my best year, throwing for over 4,000 yards and stuff, but definitely could have done better in some ways, shown up more in bigger games.
"We will only get better next year I think because we're just losing six seniors I believe."
Cooper said he's added a lot of confidence this year and that should only build as he goes into his final season. He's trying to add 15-20 pounds before next season, with a goal of playing at 205 pounds. In order to improve physically he's not playing basketball this season, though he will play baseball in the spring. He's also going to be figuring out what his college plans are in the next half year or so.
"I'll definitely commit before next football season. Whether that's spring time or by the summer, I'll definitely decide before the football season."